Consultation launched on plans to improve pedestrian safety in Tooting town centre

Published: Thursday 8th November 18

Residents and businesses in Tooting can find out more about ambitious plans to improve pedestrian safety in the town centre at a series of face-to-face briefings next week.

The plans have been drawn up by Transport for London in conjunction with the council’s highways engineers and are designed to encourage more journeys on foot by improving conditions for pedestrians and making the town centre a safer place for those who walk.

The proposals are now subject to public consultation and to help answer questions from local people, staff from TfL will be attending special information sessions over the coming days.

These drop-in sessions are being held at:

  • Tooting Market, 21 - 23 Tooting High Street on Monday, November 12 between 6pm and 8.30pm.
  • United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, Wednesday, November 14 from 9am to 5pm.
  • Tooting Library, 75 Mitcham Road, Saturday November 17 between 10am and 4pm.

The plans call for a wide-ranging set of urban realm improvements, including:

  • The introduction of continuous footways.
  • The introduction of a 20mph speed limit through the area.
  • Improving existing pedestrian crossings and introducing new ones.
  • Introducing a community space on Totterdown Street.
  • Changing the turning priority at some side streets including introducing a one-way system for Moffat Road and Hereward Road.

Pavement treatments would be installed at side road junctions to form ‘continuous footways’ giving the impression of a continuous pavement across the junction. This treatment has been installed at other locations along the Transport for London road network, including at the junction of Upper Tooting Road and Stapleton Road.

This measure would seek to prioritise pedestrian movements by encouraging vehicles to slow down and give way to pedestrians. For vehicles exiting the side road, TfL is looking to introduce give-way markings, in addition to the continuous footway, to encourage car drivers to stop and enable pedestrians to cross safely.

The proposals are for continuous footways to be used at the following junctions with Tooting High Street: Carwell Street, Trevelyan Road, Aldis Street, Sellincourt Road, Tooting Grove, Recovery Street, Nutwell Street, Woodbury Street, Hoyle Road, Coverton Road, Ivy Road, Gilbey Road, Garrat Terrace and Selkirk Road.

In the Upper Tooting Road they would be introduced at these junctions: Gatton Road, Totterdown Street, Broadwater Road, Moffat Road, Kellino Street, Hereward Road, Letchworth Street, Cowick Road, Hebdon Road, Lessingham Avenue, Lynwood Road and Price Close.

And in Mitcham Road at the following junctions: Udine Street, Bickley Street, Valnay Street, Melison Road, Franciscan Road, Rookstone Road, Vant Road, Charlmont Road, Church Lane, Bickersteth Road, Avarn Road, Bevill Allen Close and Byton Road.

As well as these measures TfL is also proposing to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on its main trunk roads – to complement the 20mph limit that was introduced by the council in all the borough’s residential side streets last year.

TfL also wants to protect bus journey times, where possible, by extending bus lane facilities along the A24. 

The plans also call for existing pedestrian crossing in Tooting High Street to be widened and raised and for the introduction of “straight across crossings” rather than the current staggered ones outside Tooting Broadway Station, while a new signalised crossing would be installed at the junction of Longmead Road and Mitcham Lane. This would bring together two crossings that already exist and provide a junction where the green-man phase is present across all arms at the same time. TfL also plans to introduce a new crossing in Tooting High Street near Selkirk Road.

The proposals would also see Lessingham Avenue made left-turn only on to Upper Tooting Road, Derinton Road become right turn only on to Upper Tooting Road, and there would also be a new one-way facility on Moffat Road and Hereward Road whereby Moffat Road would be entry only from Upper Tooting Road and exit only from Hereward Road on to Upper Tooting Road. It would operate one-way clock-wise.

At Totterdown Street, the plans could see it become more of a community-oriented space. This would not mean wholly traffic-free but could see changes to parking, road surfacing and planting to make it a more inviting space for local people. TfL is keen to hear local people’s views on this question before carrying out further design work.

Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We have been exploring ways to make Tooting safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users for some time now and we’re delighted that TfL has come on board and worked with us to draw up these proposals.

“It is important that everyone who lives, works, shops or travels in Tooting takes part in the consultation so that the changes reflect what people want. We’re pleased that a cleaner, safer Tooting is on the way and we would urge all local people to have their say.”

To take part in the consultation people can visit https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/tooting-town-centre/consult_view/. Alternatively people can email consultations@tfl.gov.uk or write to Freepost TfL consultations. 

The consultation closes on Monday, December 10. 

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Recent comments

The intersection of Selkirk Road and Tooting High Street is exceptionally busy and congested with frequent argumentative confrontations between cars pulling in off the high street and those exiting Selkirk. A one way system should be considered to address the frequent problems experienced.
Ian

18 November 2018

I would like to know the number of pedestrian casualties that so justifies this expense and disruption to traffic. The area is difficult enough to drive in without the further delays this will cause
David Forcey

10 November 2018

I don’t think the continuos pavements are a good idea, pedestrians think they can just walk out without checking the road 1st, With reference to the Stapleton rd Junction the council had to install bell bollards to stop cars cutting into the pavement, which has since resulted in so many cars impaled on the bels as they are low and not very visible to be honest, If it’s 100% pedestrian safety you want then pedestrianisation of the whole road is the best plan and send traffic into the side roads, it’s the car drivers being held to blame again, people need to be taught the ox green cross code, STOP, LOOK and LISTEN, that would save many more lives without the huge disruption the counci plans will
Kathleen Stevens

10 November 2018

I am worried about these continuous pavements, especially for young children. I have not seen any data on these and you can slow down the traffic to 20 , but I am not sure many people do drive at 20 , and I have seen cars mount kerbs around corners . When you have a kerb , people stand behind it , but when you have a continuous kerb , people will move forward . I am against them .
Shabih

10 November 2018

its a helpful development but won't in and of itself stop the fast rat runs through Tooting which surely has been identified as an issue? This is a factor that MUST be considered in parallel. it's welcome that the main roads will be 20mph as well but that may force cars to rat run on side roads even more than they do at the moment esepcially Charlmont; Bickersteth and Mellison Roads. Whys hasn't some additional thought not been considered? Hereward is a cul de sac but the roads I mentioned aren't and some intervention there would have a real impact on residential life and safety in Tooting roads and homes.
Roger Stephenson

9 November 2018

How about some pedestrian training - teaching them what pedestrian crossings are for. I continually see them crossing where ever they feel like crossing - sometimes less than a bus length from an official crossing. I would like to see pedestrians crossing at other than at a pedestrian crossing fined. I have changed the stop I get off a bus near my home so that I can use an official crossing - rather than risking life and limb crossing the road between bus stops in Vicarage Crescent - near Battersea Square - and I have tried to get a pedestrian crossing put in, with no luck.
Anne

9 November 2018